Larry David's dead-on impersonation of 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is either the greatest blessing or curse to his career. David has played Sanders 10 times on NBC's Saturday Night Live since the 2016 Democratic primaries – and he appeared on Late Night with Stephen Colbert on January 8th to discuss his interactions and joke about the double-edged sword of a possible Sanders POTUS victory.
"Is there anything you would like me to ask Bernie tomorrow night?" Colbert asked.
"I would say, I would beg him to drop out so I don't have to keep flying in from Los Angeles to do SNL," David responded, jokingly.
The 72-year old actor and comedian then complimented the 78-year old Vermont senator on his strength and resourcefulness – before continuing with his "very David" humor:
"I thought when he had the heart attack that would be it, I wouldn't have to fly in from Los Angeles. But, you know, he's indestructible. Nothing stops this man. If he wins, do you know what that's going to do to my life? Do you have any idea? I mean, it will be great for the country — great for the country. Terrible for me."
The following night, Sanders appeared on Colbert to respond to the Curb Your Enthusiasm star's comments: "Hey Larry, it's going to be a tough four years but you're going to have to be flying back."
When it comes to portraying presidents on SNL, multiple actors taken on the role at different points. Early in Donald Trump's candidacy and prior, Darrell Hammond played the former star of The Apprentice and even appeared in a few 2016 Republican primary debate sketches before Alec Baldwin ultimately took over the role. Hammond also took over the role of Bill Clinton when Phil Hartman left the series. Jay Pharoh took over for Fred Armisen, playing Barack Obama.
Saturday Night Live returns January 25th with host Adam Driver and musical guest, Halsey.